August 21st 2017 Eclipse Rumors Debunked

If you have not heard yet there will be a solar eclipse spanning the United States on August 21st arriving first in Oregon and moving east. For many who use off grid solar for their main power source a few questions come up on how this event will effect their power. 

The main question is: Will the solar eclipse effect my solar power

The quick answer to that question is Yes, it will effect your power however only for a short period of time. When the moon is directly in front of the sun you will not gain any power from the sun. During the remainder of partial totality the solar power output will be diminished much like on a cloudy day.  The longest length of totality for this eclipse will be 2 minutes and 40 seconds and the complete eclipse will travel the expanse of the US in approximately an hour and a half. All this to say if you are using 12-volt solar to power your travels and adventures you should not miss out on too much sunlight driven power.  


It is important to note the eclipse will impact all solar users differently those who use 12-volt solar to power off grid items will be effected differently than those who rely on solar farms to help power gridded buildings.

SunPower Increases United States R&D Budget

SunPower’s San Jose, Calif. newly completed $25 million research facility.

SunPower’s San Jose, Calif. newly completed $25 million research facility.

This year SunPower, producer of high-efficiency solar cells, has increased their US R&D budget by $25 million. This boost is primarily focused on a new state of the art pilot manufacturing facility with a scalable production line in San Jose California. The ultimate goal is to utilize the best testing equipment available in order to increase N-type monocrystalline solar cell efficiency while at the same time reducing production costs.

When the high tech micro production line produces favorable reproducible results it will be scaled to one of the larger campuses. The cells produced at these facilities will be better than ever.

This is great for the RV solar industry as it will provide higher output solar panels with the same footprint that we are using today. Innovation is the name of the game in the solar power industry. We cannot wait to see where we are in 2 to 3 years. 

Zamp Solar is the leader in RV Solar Panels and accessories. We partner with the best suppliers in the renewable energy industry to bring our customers the highest efficiency products that are built for life in the United States. Join us and power your adventure this summer. 


Solar Panels Made In The USA

Zamp Solar continues to build a legacy for tomorrow by engineering and manufacturing solar panels and related products in house. When solving real world energy problems through innovation every single detail has significant meaning. Each Zamp Solar product is built for life.

The production team sources the highest quality solar cells, high strength AR coated tempered glass, and raw aircraft grade aluminum material. Every step of the production process is fine tuned ensuring the finished product consistently exceeds internal standards for quality and output. Zamp Solar panels are proudly manufactured in Bend, Oregon USA.

Zamp Solar’s Central Oregon campus is surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers and the great outdoors. This provides the freedom for employees to explore the beauty all around while using the solar energy products in the wild.

The Inertia Presents VanFiles Video Series #vanlife

Teton Gravity Research and many other outdoor outlets have been putting a huge focus on #vanlife. These stories go to show that this dream can become reality if you are willing to make the life choice to simplify. The expense to get started is typically less than it costs to get into an apartment when you factor a cleaning deposit, first months rent and last months rent. So... Get your mind right, figure out what you will absolutely need and find a van to start living a nomadic life. 

Check out the premiere of a new series called #VanFiles. This is a brand new collaboration with Lifeproof and The Inertia.  They will provide the stories of "rad humans living life on wheels".

Check out how Zamp Solar can help you live life on the road without having to relay on plugging in every night or even worse running an engine to charge your batteries. Camper Van Solar has come a long way in recent years due to huge gains in solar cell efficiency. With the Deluxe Roof Mounted Solar Kits you can start with a basic system and easily upgrade as your energy usage increases without having to buy a second full kit. The new expansion system can optimize your roof space by simply mounting another panel and plugging it into a spare port on the rv roof cap

Visit characters ranging from Cyrus Sutton, a surfer and award-winning filmmaker, to the nomadic Goodwin family, stars of the critically acclaimed film Given, to 19-year-old Maine surfer Max King. Each discovered the minimalist spirit of mobile adventure on their own terms and has plenty experience to share when it comes to the down and dirty of living in a vehicle on the run. 

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